Nanoscale Structural Organization of Insulin Fibril Polymorphs Revealed By Atomic Force Microscope Infrared Spectroscopy (AFM-IR).

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Summary of "Nanoscale Structural Organization of Insulin Fibril Polymorphs Revealed By Atomic Force Microscope Infrared Spectroscopy (AFM-IR)."

Spontaneous aggregation of misfolded proteins typically results in formation morphologically and structurally different amyloid fibrils, protein aggregates that are strongly associated with various neurodegenerative disorders. Elucidation of structural organization of amyloid aggregates is crucial for the understanding of their role in onset and progression of these diseases. Using atomic force microscopy infrared spectroscopy (AFM-IR), we investigated structural organization of insulin fibrils. We found that aggregation of insulin results in formation of two structurally different fibril polymorphs. One fibril polymorph has a β-sheet core surrounded by primarily unordered protein secondary structure. This first fibril polymorph has β-sheet-rich surface, whereas the surface of the second fibril polymorph is primarily composed of the unordered protein. Using AFM-IR, we also revealed structural organization of insulin oligomers. Finally, we discovered a new pathway for amyloid fibril formation that is based on a fusion of several oligomers into the single fibril structure.


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Name: Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology
ISSN: 1439-7633


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